Tuesday, 14 January, 2020

Trump’s visa ban targets Iranians, but why not Saudis?

By Vahid Jafarian, Editorial Board Member 

US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Thursday temporarily blocking people from several countries from entering the US on visas.

The ban will exclude all people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen from visiting the United States. It is also to include a total ban on refugees entering the United States from anywhere, with some exceptions for religious minorities.

Trump peddled this policy throughout the campaign, arguing that it would protect American people from the threat of terrorism.

Despite presenting such moves as a national security measure intended to prevent terror, the nations from which 9/11 plotters originated (primarily Saudi Arabia, but also including Egypt and the UAE) were left off the new ban.

Also, while the US may fear blowback from wars in Iraq and Syria, and constant drone strikes in Yemen, they did not include Afghanistan, 15 years into America’s occupation, nor Pakistan, which has borne the brunt of America’s drone war.

Consider that Iran, where al Qaeda, ISIS, and other anti-American terrorist organizations have no significant foothold, is included — but Saudi Arabia, where 15 of the 9/11 hijackers came from and which has been a funding source for extremist groups, is not included.

According to an earlier article published by the online journal Strategic Culture Foundation , Saudi Arabia dominates above all other nations as a supplier of suicide bombers and its royal family dominates as the world’s top financial backer of Al Qaeda and other jihadist groups, but all four of the persons selected by Trump for the top U.S. national-security posts are committed to consider Iran as a major threat to US.

‘Iran has long been the first military target in the view of Michael Flynn, the chosen Trump National Security Advisor; and of James Mattis, the chosen Trump Secretary of Defense; and of Dan Coats, the chosen Trump Director of National Intelligence; and of Mike Pompeo, the chosen CIA Director’, the article reads.

As an example, Dan Coats views Shiite Iran, and not ‘America’s ally’ (the rabidly anti-Iranian) Sunni Saudi Arabia, as being the source of 9/11 and other terrorist acts against the U.S. and Europe.

The Saud family are enemies of the American people, but to both Democratic and Republican Administrations, the Saud family, the Saudi government, are America’s ‘allies’. Consequently, Donald Trump, like his predecessor, Obama, blames Iran, not Saudi Arabia — not the royal Sauds, who own Saudi Arabia — for Islamic terrorism.

One other point should also be considered. Trump, whose administration will include multiple critics of the Islamic Republic, has been doing business with Saudi royals for decades. Trump created eight new companies in Saudi Arabia after the launch of his presidential campaign last year, according to the Washington Post.

“In Trump, Saudi officials say, the kingdom sees the makings of a great future friend. The real estate investor’s business dealings in Saudi Arabia and his plans to take a tougher line on Iran hearten Saudis officials, who say that the White House has long downplayed the threat of Iranian aggression”,  Joseph Hammond, a journalist with the American Media Institute said.

Trump’s administration is likely to include many long-time friends of Saudi Arabia. Former United Nations permanent representative John Bolton and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich are both expected to play major advisory roles.

Bolton is one name mentioned as deputy secretary of state. Both men met this summer with the former head of Saudi intelligence, Prince Turki Al-Faisal, during a rally in Paris held by the Mujahadeen Khaq, a group of Iranian exiles that have long opposed the Islamic Republic.

It is thus very difficult to figure exactly how they came by this list, with nations like Iran seemingly just included for political value, and the other countries on the list just sounding scary.

mintpressnews contributed to this report

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1 Comment

  1. Christopher Horne

    January 26, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    Iran has been a natural ally of the United Kingdom for the best part of a century. Theresa may must tell this to Trump and make it clear that we will maintain friendship with Iran and Iranians whatever Trump thinks.

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